Research Supporting an Environment that Encourages Problem-Solving

These articles discuss the interconnectedness of students’ problem solving abilities and their behavioral and academic outcomes. The articles highlight strategies and techniques that can be used to improve students’ problem solving abilities and help improve students’ sense of belonging, academic achievement, and emotional coping.

  1. Norris, J. A. (2010). Using social and emotional learning to address conflicts in the classroom. The School Practitioner’s Concise Companion to Preventing Violence and Conflict, 83-95. This book chapter discusses techniques for problem solving such as remaining calm, active listening, and usage of words to describe feelings.
  2. Field, S. L., & Hoffman, A. S. (2012). Fostering Self-Determination Through Building Productive Relationships in the Classroom. Intervention in School and Clinic, 48(1), 6-14. This article provides strategies (e.g. student self-awareness and conflict resolution skills) to improve students’ sense of belonging.
  3. Hogan, M. J., Parker, J. D., Wiener, J., Watters, C., Wood, L. M., & Oke, A. (2010). Academic success in adolescence: Relationships among verbal IQ, social support and emotional intelligence. Australian Journal of Psychology, 62(1), 30-41. This study linked student problem-solving ability with higher academic achievement.
  4. MacCann, C., Fogarty, G. J., Zeidner, M., & Roberts, R. D. (2011). Coping mediates the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and academic achievement. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 36(1), 60-70. This study links emotional problem-solving coping to academic achievement.
  5. Downey, L. A., Johnston, P. J., Hansen, K., Birney, J., & Stough, C. (2010). Investigating the mediating effects of emotional intelligence and coping on problem behaviours in adolescents. Australian Journal of Psychology, 62(1), 20-29. This study links emotional problem-solving coping to lower behavioral problems.